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  • Nutella Swirl Pound Cake with Espresso Glaze Nutella Swirl Pound Cake with Espresso Glaze

    Nutella Swirl Pound Cake with Espresso Glaze

Nutella Swirl Pound Cake with Espresso Glaze

  I’ve said this before, maybe a handful times, but this time I really mean it: I think this is the best cake I’ve ever made in my life. Ever. And it’s not just my ego speaking. Several people said so. It’s the kind of cake that whispers your name when you pass by, whispering, imploring you to cut “Just another small sliver.” It was gone, and fast. I made it for my husband’s birthday because a) he loves Nutella; b) he loves espresso and c) I don’t need to impress him with fancy piping skills or rosettes. Even my mother in law, who is a great cook and baker in her own right asked me “You bought this ready-made, right?” Nope. Of course, it’s not difficult to make a pound cake tasty, with the amount of butter that goes into it. But this one goes above and beyond with […]

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  • Espresso yourself Espresso yourself

    Espresso yourself

Espresso yourself

What do you get the man who has everything? That was the question I was asking myself before my husband turned 30. I wanted to do something memorable, something that couldn’t easily be picked out of the latest Holt’s catalogue, and something we could share. I’d already bought him a fiery-red Gaggia machine last Christmas. He has all the Xbox games he could possibly want. It finally dawned on me. For months, he had been obsessed with getting the perfect crema on his espresso shots. For those who don’t know, crema is the layer of creamy, toffee-coloured goodness that sits on top of your espresso. If it’s not there, don’t drink it. My husband’s crema was inconsistent – and it bothered him. He harassed little old ladies working the counter at Italian bakery chain Nino d’Aversa to find out their secret, he bought Illy espresso beans. Then he bought Starbucks […]

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